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GameStop Backtracks on PlayStation VR Delay Comments

PlayStation VR fans were somewhat disappointed yesterday when rumours started to spread that the virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for the PlayStation 4 may have been delayed from its original H1 2016 window. Those rumours came from GameStop CEO Paul Raines, who this week told Fox Business that it would sell the device in the fall, suggesting a Q3/Q4 launch instead. Now, GameStop has seemingly backtracked on that statement, suggesting that the date for PlayStation VR is yet to be confirmed by creator Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE).

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Polygon reached out to GameStop for comment on the rumour, to which the company responded: “To clarify, Sony has not officially announced a release date for PlayStation VR. Whenever it launches, we are excited about how the technology will change gaming.” The company isn’t committing to its previous statement, then, though Raines could have possibly made a slip of the tongue that’s confirmed the release window all the same. Either way, fans won’t know for sure until SCE itself is ready to make an official announcement.

It remains to be seen when such an announcement will be made too. The window for that H1 launch is narrowing and fans are still yet to learn a lot about PlayStation VR, including price. For now, it’s known that the kit boasts a 1080p OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Compatible videogames that run at 60fps on the console can even be ‘reprojected’ in 120fps in-HMD, with a 90fps option also available.

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